GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
VALLEY’S GOT TALENT 2013Aug. 30-31
Talent competition returns for a fourth year as local musicians, singers, dancers and other artists vie to be the area’s most talented performer. 7 p.m. $10-$25.
VIVA MEXICO Y SU FOLKLORAug. 31
Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico of Riverbank presents 2013 dance recital under the direction of Norma Torres-Manriquez and choreographer Daisy Torres. 3 p.m.
PICNIC AT THE POPSSept. 7
Modesto Symphony Orchestra outdoor concert including a fireworks finale and featuring the Classical Mystery Tour. 4 p.m. gates, 7:30 p.m. concert E&J Gallo Winery, 600 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto.
LEWIS BLACK: THE RANT IS DUESept. 14
7:30 p.m. $39-$89.
REO SPEEDWAGONSept. 16
7:30 p.m. $49-$99.
MOFEST! 7Sept. 20
Multi-film, multi-genre festival. Presented by PFLAG Modesto. 7:30 p.m.
JOHNNY MATHISSept. 21
8 p.m. $59-$149.
MCCA: FESTIVAL OF FOURSept. 22
Folk and traditional selections with rhythm and elegance played on guitar, mandolin and flute. 3 p.m.
The Gallo Center for the Arts is located at 1000 I St., Modesto. Box office (209) 338-2100. www.galloarts.org.
THE MODESTO TRADITIONAL JAZZ SOCIETYSundays
Noon jam sets; 1 p.m. featured band. Third Sundays. Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, Modesto. $8-$12. (209) 524-3517.
FIRST FRIDAYS IN THE PARK CONCERTSThrough Sept. 6
Sep. 6, James Faifua and The Jukes. 5:30 p.m. Murphys Community Park, 505 Algiers St., Murphys. Free. (209) 728-8183. www.gocalaveras.com/murphys-community-club
LABOR DAY CONCERTSept. 2
Music by the Calaveras Community Band 6:30 p.m. Murphys Community Park, 505 Algiers St., Murphys. Free. www.gocalaveras.com/murphys-community-club
SHEATERFEST MUSIC FESTIVALSept. 7-9
Music festival at three venues: Sept. 7, The Cow Track, Oakdale; Sept. 8, The River’s Edge, Knights Ferry; Sept. 9, Rick’s Saloon, Knights Ferry. Bands over three days include Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, Tom Vandenavond, The Pine Box Boys, the Harmed Bros. and others. $10 per night, $25 all show wristband. (209) 450-6361. www.visitoakdaleca.com
JASON COLEMANSept. 19
Playing the music of Floyd Cramer. First concert of the Ripon Arts League 2013-2014 season. 7:30 p.m. Ripon High School multi-use building, 304 N. Acacia Ave. $30, ticket price includes all season concerts. (209) 599-3223.
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS AT CBS: SHAWNETTE SULKERSept. 29
Vocalist Shawnette Sulker will perform a diverse program spanning the areas of world beat music to opera. This is the first concert of the 2013-2014 concert season. 3 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. $7 youth, $15 seniors and students, $20 adults, $60 full season. 209) 571-6060. cbsmodesto.org
“RESPECT: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF WOMEN”Through Sept. 1
International hit musical tells the exciting story of women through popular and treasured songs. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Sierra Repertory Theatre-East Sonora Theatre, 13891 Mono Way. $26-$32. (209) 532-3120. www.sierrarep.org
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1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville. www.redhawkcasino.com
BLACK OAK(877) 747-8777
Aug. 23, The Cheeseballs; Aug. 24, UnderCover Girls; Aug. 29, Chains Required; Aug. 30-31, Double Tribute Night; Sept. 5, comedy showcase; Sept. 6, Chains Required; Sept. 7, Satisfaction; Sept. 12, Denny Laine; Sept. 13 & 14, Clean Slate; Sept. 19, SF Stand Up Comedy Competition; Sept. 20, Jessica Caylyn; Sept. 21, Roy Rogers; Sept. 26, comedy showcase; Sept. 27, Hot August Nights; Sept. 28, MoFo Party Band. 19400 Tuolumne Road North, Tuolumne . www.blackoakcasino.com.
CACHE CREEK(800) 772-2243
14455 Highway 16, Brooks. www.cachecreek.com
MODESTO BAHA’I CENTER (209) 579-1946
First and third Fridays, Cafe Night. 1100 Carver Road, Suite 10.
HUGHSON COFFEE COMPANY(209) 883-0828
Ongoing live music. 6724 E. Whitmore, Suite J.
QUEEN BEAN COFFEE HOUSE(209) 521-8000
Sundays, open mic. 1126 14th St., Modesto.
BALLET IN THE PARKAug. 31
The best of Central West Ballet presents evening of family dance entertainment. 7 p.m. Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, Modesto. Free. www.cwballet.org
FESTIVALS & FAIRS
SALIDA TOWN AND COUNTRY FESTIVALAug. 24
Enjoy a day of food, crafts, information booths, kids activities, live entertainment and a parade. 10 a.m. parade. Festival to follow. Downtown Salida Free.
FESTIVAL DEL NOPALAug. 25
Community celebration of cactus through cuisine, dance, music and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ceres Drive-In, 1651 Whitmore Ave. (209) 579-4776.
NEWMAN FALL FESTIVALAug. 28-Sept. 2
Celebrating Newman heritage, the event features Mr. and Miss Newman Pageant, kid’s games, car show, carnival, food and craft vendors and more. Pioneer Park, 1250 Tulare St. , Newman. (209) 451-2815.
32ND ANNUAL STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVALAug. 29-Sept. 2
Four days of camping and music by Patty Griffin, The Del McCoury Band, The Mavericks and more. Festival also offers additional entertainment, recreational and artistic programs for youth, teens and adults. Camp Mather, Groveland. (209) 984-8630. www.strawberrymusic.com
FILM FEST TWAIN HARTEAug. 30-Sept. 2
Festival will present a selection of short films, documentaries, student films and full-length features in addition to celebrity guest appearances. Screenings to be held in venues around the Twain Harte area. $10-$50. (209) 586-5989. www.filmfesttwainharte.com
CEDAR CENTER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVALAug. 31-Sept. 1
41st annual arts and crafts festival. Event will include early bird pancake breakfast, 7:30-11:30 a.m., $6. Festival features over 60 booths of vendors, live music by Homegrown and jugglers Bonzai and Dre. Kids activities and farmer’s market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Arnold. Free. (925) 372-8961.
DENAIR FARM AND FAMILY FESTIVALSept. 14
More than 100 food and craft vendors as well information booths, entertainment, charity fun run and more. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. www.denairfestival.com
RUSH AND BRUSH FOR THE GOLD 5K AND FESTIVALSept. 14
All proceeds benefit the Mokelumne Hill Volunteer Fire department and the Calaveras High Band Boosters. 10 a.m. Main Street, Mokelumne Hill. $15-$25. (209) 286-1393. mokehillfire.org
SIERRA VIEW MUSIC FESTIVALSept. 14
Wynonna and the Big Noise perform at annual benefit concert festival. 2-11 p.m. J-H Ranch, 12713 Sierra View , Oakdale. $35-$125. (209) 247-6069. tickets.sierraviewmusicfest.com
ASSYRIAN FOOD FESTIVALSept. 14-15
Annual cultural celebration. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Assyrian Cultural Center, 3119 S. Central Ave., Ceres. $14-$17. (209) 480-9293.
GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL Sept. 21-22
Featuring Greek cuisine, baked items and a vendor marketplace. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. $8.50 youth under 12, $14 advance, $17 door. . (209) 522-7694.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Sept. 29
International food, games, youth activities and entertainment. 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. St. Mary’s Church Parish Center, Oak and Olive streets, Oakdale. (209) 559-0608.
FAMILY NIGHT MOVIES IN THE PARKAug. 16-Sept. 20
Aug. 23, “Pirates: Band of Misfits;” Aug. 30, “Camp Fred;” Sept. 6, “Brave;” Sept. 13, “Wreck It Ralph;” Sept. 22, “Hotel Transylvania. “ Fridays at dusk. Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park, Modesto. Free. (209) 577-5344. www.modestogov.com/prnd
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS”Aug. 24
Family-friendly animated movie based on the popular book series. 2 p.m. Patterson Library, 46 N Salado Ave. Free. (209) 892-6473. www.stanislauslibrary.org
MOVIES UNDER THE STARSSept. 21
Family-friendly outdoor screening. 7:30 p.m. Cottles Wood Park, Ventanas Avenue at East J Street, Oakdale. Free. (209) 847-3152. www.ci.oakdale.ca.us
FOOD & FUN
SIERRA RAILROAD DINNER TRAINOngoing
Murder Mystery Trains, Sunset Dinner and Wild West trains, Sunday brunch trains. Call or check website for times and prices. Sierra Railroad Golden Sunset and Daylight Trains, 330 S. Sierra Ave., Oakdale. (800) 866-1690. www.sierrarailroad.com
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 7:30-11 a.m. Sundays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6. (209) 537-3360.
Friday night dinner hosted by the VFW Post 3199. 5-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. Small donation. (209) 537-3360.
HISTORY CENTER BREAKFASTOngoing
Presented by Northern Mariposa County History Center. Eggs, ham or sausage, all-you-can-eat pancakes and fresh fruit. 8-11 a.m. Second Sundays. Coulterville School House, Broadway and Cemetery. $5 adults; $3 children.
RIPON VFW FRIDAY NIGHT DINNERSOngoing
Hosted by Ripon VFW Post 1051. 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars - Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
RIPON VFW WEDNESDAY LUNCHOngoing
Hosted by VFW 1051 of Ripon. Chicken strips, burgers, fish or shrimp with fries. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Veterans of Foreign Wars – Ripon, 12455 W. Ripon Road. Small donation required. (209) 599-6815.
TURLOCK VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTSOngoing
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 5-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars-Turlock, 1405 E. Linwood Ave. $2-$6.50. (209) 668-9710.
MODESTO VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTSOngoing
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 4-8 p.m. Fridays. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. $6-$7. (209) 668-9710.
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKETOngoing
8 a.m.-noon. Saturday. 19th and N Streets, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
Hosted by Fraternal Order of Eagles. 8-11 a.m. First Sundays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $6. (209) 577-2298.
Steak dinner, full salad bar, no-host bar. Hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. 5 p.m. social; 7 p.m. dinner. First Fridays. Eagles Hall, 126 Camellia Way, Modesto. $12. (209) 577-2298.
LIVINGSTON VFW SUNDAY BREAKFASTOngoing
Hosted by the Livingston/Delhi Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. 8 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Sundays. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $5 children; $7 adults. . (209) 599-6815.
MODESTO CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKETThursdays
7 a.m-1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. 16th Street, between H and I Streets, Modesto.
LIVINGSTON VFW HAMBURGER NIGHTSThursdays
VFW Auxiliary weekly hamburger nights. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries. 5-7 p.m. Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St. $2-$4. (209) 394-2059. www.vfwlivingston.com
MERCED CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKETWednesdays
8 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays through December. Promenade Shopping Center, Yosemite and Paulson, Merced. (209) 667-2916.
TURLOCK FARMERS MARKETFridays
Seasonal produce, fresh food highlighting local ingredients, and unique hand-crafted items. Four evening markets also will be held Sept. 6 and Oct. 25. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Turlock (209) 225-8177.
PATTERSON CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKETWednesdays
4-8 p.m. True Value Shopping Center, Corner of Ward Avenue and Las Palmas, Patterson.
ANGELS CAMP CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKETFridays
5 p.m.-dusk. Utica Park , Angels Camp. (209) 743-3427.
VINTAGE FAIRE FARMERS’ MARKETThrough October
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Vintage Faire Mall, Modesto. (209) 417-7769.
AIRPORT DISTRICT FARMERS MARKETAug. 23
8:30 a.m.-noon Airport District Community Center, 805 Empire Ave. , Modesto. (209) 491-9320 ext. 139.
HOT AUGUST NIGHTS PIG ROAST AND CAR SHOWAug. 24
Dinner and poolside dancing. 5-10 p.m. SOS Club, 819 Sunset Ave., Modesto. $7.95 child, $15.95 adult. (209) 578-5801.
SALIDA FIREFIGHTERS CHICKEN BARBECUEAug. 24
3-7 p.m. Fire Station 12, Salida Boulevard at Broadway, Salida. $10.
EDIBLE EXTRAVAGANZASept. 5
27th annual food and beverage show featuring courtyard reception, food and wine samplings and live music. Fundraiser for Center for Human Services. 5-9 p.m. Centre Plaza, 1159 Ninth St., Modesto. $40 advance; $50 door. (209) 526-1476.
TASTE OF UNITYSept. 6
Buffet of foods and dessert. 5-7 p.m. Unity Church, 2467 Veneman Ave., Modesto. $10 . (209) 578-5433.
CHILI COOK-OFFSept. 21
Come to cook and compete, or just to eat. Event features live music, raffles, auction and awards in various categories. Noon-6 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall-Modesto, 2801 W. Hatch Road. (209) 404-7663.
“MURDER AT THE BIG TREES HOTEL” SHOW AND DINNERSept. 21
Historical murder mystery show includes wine, appetizer, dinner and music by the The StarGeezers. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1870s attire. 5 p.m. Jack Knight Memorial Hall, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Arnold. $50, $180-$320 tables. (209) 795-3840. www.bigtreesmurder.eventsbot.com
1940’S DINNER AND DANCE AT THE HANGARSept. 28
Travel back in time to Hawaii in the 1940s with a catered dinner, tiki bar, auction, raffle and music from Knight Sounds. Benefit for the CAF Valley Squadron. 5-11 p.m. Hangar 1S, 700 Tioga Drive, Modesto. $40. (209) 605-4313. cafvalleysquadron.org
ODDS & ENDS
CLASSIC AIRCRAFT DISPLAYSOngoing
Antique aircraft display. Sponsored by the Commemorative Air Force. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Second Saturdays. Modesto City County Airport, 700 Tioga Drive, Hangar 1. (209) 526-5868. www.cafvalleysquadron.org
Presented by the MJC Astronomy Club. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Free parking, concessions available. Bring blankets or chairs to make your space adventure more comfortable. 8-10 p.m. First Friday of the month. Modesto Junior College, East Campus, Science Building Lawn Free.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. fourth Saturdays. Turlock Municipal Airport, 13602 Newport Road, Turlock. (209) 620-6312.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $12 adults; $8 seniors; $5 youth 6-17; free age 5 and under. (209) 723-2178.
7 p.m., Tuesdays Denny’s, 1525 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 576-2688.
GRAFFITI NIGHTS AT A & WOngoing
Enjoy classic cars, Elvis appearances, contests and of course root beer as part of this summerlong celebration. Friday and Saturday nights through summer. A&W Root Beer, 1404 G. St., Modesto. (209) 522-7700.
VELVET CREAMERY CRUISE NIGHTSOngoing
Classic car shows, activities and more. Wednesday nights through summer. Velvet Grill & Creamery, 2204 McHenry Ave. (209) 544-9029.
ESCALON LIONS CAR SHOWSThrough Aug. 30
Car show, contests, music and food. Fridays, 5-9 p.m. Hula’s Restaurant-Escalon, East of the McHenry Ave. at Hwy. 120. (209) 838-7775.
SUMMER BIRD WALKSThrough Sept. 4
Led by Jeanne Ridgley from the Central Sierra Audubon Society, the walks will last 2-3 hours and participants are asked to bring binoculars and a birding guide if available. Rain will cancel the trip. First Wednesdays, 8 a.m. Groveland Community Services District, 18966 Ferretti Rd., Groveland. Free. (209) 962-7598.
17TH ANNUAL CRUISE TO THE JUNCTIONThrough Oct. 16
Classic cars, raffles, music and more. First and third Wednesdays. Junction Shopping Center , Highway 108 and Tuolumne Road, Sonora. (209) 533-3548.
GHOST TOURSThrough Oct. 26
Walk through town with a costumed guide as you hear stories of people from the past. Stop in at the hotels and other buildings throughout the park while listening for some residents who may still remain. Reservations available in advance. 3 p.m., Sept. 14, Oct. 26 Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. $10. (209) 532-3184.
“HISTORY’S MYSTERIES”Aug. 31
Live re-enactments of historic crimes and the trials of those accused characters. Reservations highly recommended; space is limited. Programs last approximately 2 hours. 10 a.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. $5 adults; $1 children 12 and under. (209) 588-8128.
5TH ANNUAL RACE AND RIDE FOR AUTISMAug. 24
Motorcycle ride benefit for families dealing with autism or cancer. Begins with poker run and ends with bloodless bullfight. Start at 51 Fifty Enterprises, 15056 W. Peach Ave., Livingston. Ends at 2936 Lander Ave., Hilmar. 11 a.m. $25; bullfight tickets $12. www.carlosvieirafoundation.org
COLUMBIA BUTTON SHOWAug. 24
Sponsored by the Columbia Button Club. Experts and collectors appraise and share buttons. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Eagle Cottage, Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia. Free.
SCRAPBOOKING FUNAug. 24
Free program for people of all ages to learn and practice scrapbooking. Some materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7814. www.stanislauslibrary.org
SIERRA CLUB RIVER HIKEAug. 31
Easy 4-mile shaded hike along the Tuolumne River. Dogs and children are welcome. 8:30 a.m. American Legion Hall, Modesto, 1001 S. Santa Cruz Ave. Free. (209) 549-9155.
OPEN COCKPIT DAYSept. 1
Featuring more than 60 vintage restored military aircraft, the museum will open 30 of them for a closer look. Family event also includes activity booths, interactive exhibits, helicopter rides and food. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. $5-$12. (209) 723-2178. www.castleairmuseum.org
ST. JOSEPH’S PARISH FESTIVALSept. 6-8
Three-day festival featuring international food booths, youth activities and games, carnival rides, free entertainment and live music. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. (209) 551-4973. www.stjmod.com
ADMISSION DAY PARADE AND CELEBRATIONSept. 7
Celebrates the annexation of California. 11 a.m. Columbia Historic State Park, Main and State streets. (209) 588-8475. www.parks.ca.gov/columbia
MOTHER LODE WEAVERS AND SPINNERS GUILDSept. 10
Special guest will be Suki Russack discussing doubleweave. 10 a.m. Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia. (209) 588-1514. www.mlwsguild.org
CURTIN MANSION OPEN HOUSESept. 14
Learn about the historical landmark as docents in period dress provide information. Restoration photos and 1900s clothing on display. Refreshments on the lawn. 2-6 p.m. Curtin Mansion, 90 Columbia Way, Sonora. $25, advance purchase. (209) 532-1106. www.tchistory.org
GARDENING WITH NATIVES SYMPOSIUMSept. 14
Presented by the California Native Plant Society, keynote speaker will be Judith Larner Lowry, owner of Larner Seeds. Other speakers will discuss how to use and enjoy native plants in your home. Lunch provided. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. $30-$40. (209) 352-4312.
STUDIO 49 FIBER ARTS GROUPSept. 14
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora. (209) 533-0593. www.mlwsguild.org
2013 TUOLUMNE WRITERS RETREATSept. 27-29
Three-day retreat highlighting local writers through a series of speakers, open mic events, workshops, tours of Columbia State Park, entertainers and more. Registration is required. Columbia City Hotel (209) 588-0711. sonorawriters.org
MODESTO SOUND CONCERTSept. 28
Fundraiser dinner and silent auction with performances by Francesca Bavaro, Madie Boyd, Liisa Davila and more. 5-8:30 p.m. 3440 Wycliffe Drive, Modesto. $5 suggested donation. (209) 573-0533. www.modestosound.org
TANGO DANCE CLUBOngoing
Modesto Tango social dance and practice. 7-9 p.m. Mondays Jacob’s Fine Dining , 2501 McHenry Ave., Modesto. (209) 522-1571.
RIVERBANK GOLDEN AGERSOngoing
Wednesdays, Rock’n Country Band. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Riverbank Community Center, 3600 Santa Fe St. $4 members; $6 nonmembers; annual membership $12. (209) 534-7663.
TURLOCK SENIOR CENTER DANCEOngoing
7:30-10 p.m., Wednesdays. Turlock Senior Center, 1191 Cahill.
FOREVER YOUNG DANCE CLUBOngoing
The Forever Young Senior Dance Club meets every Tuesday morning and the second Friday of each month for an evening dance. First-time guests are free. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Second Friday night each month, 7-10 p.m. Modesto Senior Center, 211 Bodem St. Day: $4 members, $6 non-members; Night: $5 and $7. (209) 534-7663.
MANTECA SENIOR DANCEOngoing
Rock’n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Fourth Sunday. Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. $4. (209) 825-0116.
USA DANCE BALLROOM DANCINGOngoing
Sep. 14, Rumba; Oct. 12, Hustle; Nov. 9, Foxtrot; Dec. 14, Cha Cha. Dance on hardwood floors to recorded ballroom music. Refreshments available. 7-10 p.m. Second Saturdays. Odd Fellows Hall, 6941 Hughson Ave., Hughson. $5 members; $7 nonmembers. (209) 614-8048.
MERCED SUNDAY SENIOR SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCEOngoing
Fourth Sundays. Door prizes and refreshments. 2-5 p.m. Merced Senior Community Center, 15th and O streets, Merced. $5. (209) 723-0839.
MODESTO BALLROOM DANCE CLUBOngoing
Ballroom dances and lesson. 7-10:30 p.m. Third Fridays Senior Center, 211 Bodem St., Modesto. $5 members, $10 for nonmembers. (209) 814-6701. www.modestoballroomclub.org
7-8:30 p.m. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. $4. (209) 526-4452.
ESCALON SENIOR DANCEThird Sunday
Featuring Rock ’n Country Band. 1-4 p.m. Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Bellota Road. $4. (209) 534-7663.
TURLOCK STEPPIN PARDSOngoing
Square dance club workshop nights. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. American Legion Hall-Turlock, 75 Bothun Road. (209) 996-0844. www.ccsda.org/pards
SENIOR CITIZENS DANCE AND POTLUCKOngoing
Potluck meal with prizes. 6 p.m. second Fridays; 1 p.m. fourth Sundays. Hughson Senior Center, 2307 4th St. $2 door; $8 membership. (209) 538-0362.
CAROUSEL BALLROOM DANCE CLUBSept. 6
Dinner, cocktails and dancing to live music. Guest couples welcome. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7-8 p.m. dinner, 8-11 p.m. dancing. DoubleTree Hotel, 1150 9th St., Modesto. (209) 524-7795.
SKIRTS N’ FLIRTS SQUARE DANCE CLUBOngoing
Workshop is open to singles, couples and children age 10 and up. Dance will be held on the third Saturday of the month. 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Oakdale Grange Hall, Lambuth and F streets, Oakdale. (209) 477-4756. www.singleskirtsnflirts.ccsda.org
FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK DANCINGOngoing
Will resume on Sept. 20. 7:30 p.m., beginners lesson; 8 p.m., intermediate lesson, 8:30 p.m., mixed dance. Carnegie Arts Center, 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7 adult, free children and students. (209) 480-0387.
THE STATE THEATRE
FILM: “BLACKFISH”Through Aug. 23
Documentary that examines Orca whales in captivity, often used as theme park performers. Call for times.
FILM: “BLUE JASMINE”Through Sept. 6
Woody Allen is back with a drama about a Manhattan socialite whose marriage to a wealthy Wall Street financier collapses, forcing her to move from New York to her sister’s more modest digs in San Francisco. Starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. Call for times.
CUMBIA DANCE PARTY WITH CANDELARIAAug. 24
A combination of traditional Colombian cumbia with the dub reggae techniques of the Jamaican studio masters, this six-piece, female-fronted world dance band brings together experienced musicians from all over the world. This is a benefit concert for the Lograr Community Institute. 8 p.m. $20.
FILM: “A PLACE IN THE SUN”Sept. 3
An ambitious young man wins an heiress’s heart but has to cope with his former girlfriend’s pregnancy. Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters star. Presented by the Modesto Film Society. 7 p.m.
FILM: “DIRTY DANCING”Sept. 7
Cult classic starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. 6:30 p.m. $5.
SUMMER OPERA FILM SERIES: “CARMEN”Sept. 8
The story of Carmen tells of the fatal attraction between a hot-blooded gypsy, and Don José, the upstanding corporal in the Spanish army. Production by La Scala. 1 p.m.
SINGLES MINGLE: SPAGHETTI WESTERNSept. 11
Monthly singles event featuring spaghetti plus a cheesy Western film. 6 p.m. $10.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697. www.thestate.org
LOCAL AUTHORS WANTEDThrough Sept. 5
The Stanislaus County Library is seeking local published authors to participate in the fourth annual Local Author Fair that will be held on Sept. 21. Authors will have the opportunity to sell and sign their books. Registration is required and space is limited. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. (209) 558-7817. www.stanislauslibrary.org
CALL TO ARTISTS: MLAA JURIED ART SHOWThrough Sept. 20
The Mother Lode Art Association seeks artists for the 61st annual Juried Art Show and Exhibition. Cash prizes in seven categories. Interested artists should obtain a prospectus and entry form online. (209) 588-0959. www.motherlodeartassociation.org
YOUTH AUDITIONS: “ANNIE, JR.”Aug. 24-31
YES Kids is seeking students in grades 4-8 for acting, singing and dancing roles. No experience or advance preparation required. Show will run Sept. 10-Oct. 27. Auditions are Aug. 24, Mildred Perkins School, noon; Aug. 29, Downey High School, 4:30 p.m.; Aug. 31, Johansen High School, 10:30 a.m. (209) 238-1700. www.yescompany.org
AUDITIONS: MSO ORCHESTRA CHORUSSept. 5
The Modesto Symphony Orchestra seeks experienced singers, especially tenors and basses, to join the chorus. Call to schedule time. (209) 505-6156. modestosymphony.org
PARA LOS NINOS PROGRAMSaturdays
Every Saturday morning, bilingual stories, Songs and Rhymes for Preschoolers and their families. Presented by the Cesar Chavez Committee. 10-11 a.m. Los Banos Library, 1312 7th St. Free. (209) 826-5254.
MODESTO BANQUET HALLOngoing
School Night featuring teen dances for 18 and under with school ID. Local bands and DJs. 4-10 p.m. Fridays. Modesto Banquet Hall, 810 N. 9th St., Modesto. $5. (209) 222-8802.
Nature-themed story and activity hour. 10 a.m., first and third Fridays. Great Valley Museum, 1100 Stoddard Ave., Modesto. Free. (209) 575-6196.
READ TO A DOG AT THE LIBRARYThrough Aug. 24
Therapy dogs are paired with independent readers to help build confidence in reading and communication. Advanced registration required; call to reserve a time slot. Thursdays and every other Saturday. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7810. www.stanislauslibrary.org
GIANT GAME DAYAug. 28
Teen event featuring giant versions of dominos, bowling, tic-tac-toe and more. 3:30 p.m. Modesto Library, 1500 I St., Modesto. Free. (209) 558-7810. www.stanislauslibrary.org
BUTTON MAKING CRAFT DAYAug. 29
Teens are invited to make unique and creative pins and buttons to wear and share. 3:30 p.m. Oakdale Library, 151 S. First Ave. Free. (209) 847-4204. www.stanislauslibrary.org
BARKIN’ DOG GRILL(209) 572-2341
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk.. 5-9 p.m. 940 11th St., Modesto.
BUILDING IMAGINATION CENTER(209) 585-6712
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1009 J St., Modesto.
C’EST JOLI(209) 324-7111
Ongoing art by Brad and Nancy Hawn. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. 920 13th St., Modesto.
CARNEGIE ARTS CENTER(209) 632-5761
Aug. 25, Poetry on Sunday Series; through Sept. 29, Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 250 N. Broadway, Turlock. $7 general; $6 members and seniors.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ART ASSOCIATION AND MISTLIN GALLERY(209) 529-3369
Through Aug. 29, “Havana Focus” and Photo Collective Members Showcase; Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 1015 J St., Modesto. Free. www.ccartassn.org
CHARTREUSE MUSE GALLERY AND ART SCHOOL(209) 522-0935
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 918 10th St., Modesto. www.thechartreusemuse.com
CROW TRADING CO.(209) 579-2173
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Show: 5-9 p.m. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 1208 J St. www.crowtrading.com
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1012 15th St., Modesto.
DOWNTOWN MODESTO(209) 529-9303
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m.
FIRST STREET FRAME CO.(209) 667-7332
Ongoing, paintings and photographs. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 226 N. First St., Turlock.
GALLERY 909(209) 667-3959
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. Ongoing, art by California State University, Stanislaus, students. 909 Tenth St., Modesto.
GALLERY CALAVERAS (209) 754-1774
Through Sept. 7, “Broken Things” exhibit; Sept. 14-Nov. 2, “Painting to the Nines” exhibit; Nov. 9-Jan. 5, Affordable Gifts of Art. Gallery Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 22 Main St., San Andreas.
INTRINSIC ELEMENTS(209) 534-1702
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 5-9 p.m. 1214 J St., Modesto.
MCHENRY MUSEUM(209) 577-5366
Through August, “Automobiles: Classics and Clunkers,” art exhibition by Bob Miller. Museum hours: Noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 1402 I St., Modesto. www.mchenrymuseum.org
PAPER PLANES TATTOO AND ART STUDIO(209) 324-1543
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1303 J St., Modesto.
PEER RECOVERY ARTS PROJECT(209) 581-1695
Sept. 19, Third Thursday Art Walk. 1222 J St., Modesto.
RAILTOWN 1897(209) 984-3953
Through Sept. 1, “In Train View” Sonora Photo Club exhibition. Saturdays-Sundays 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; trains depart 11 a.m.-3 p.m. , Jamestown. $8-$15. www.railtown1897.org
REMEMBER WHEN(209) 544-1385
Ongoing artists exhibit at both Modesto and Oakdale locations. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3012 McHenry Ave., Modesto.
STANISLAUS CLERK-RECORDER OFFICE(209) 869-4804
Ongoing, Carol Earle and Eva Williams. Exhibit hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 1021 I St., Modesto. Free.
TREWIN FRAMERY(209) 818-6004
Ongoing, Rodney Lough Jr., Tom Pickurel, Chella, Edward Mendes. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. 5170 Pentecost Drive, Suite 1, Modesto.
UNIQUE BOUTIQUES(209) 523-3000
Ongoing, 10 local artists. Exhibit hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 180 Leveland Lane, Modesto.